2024 IDEA Scholarship

Video Interview with Scholarship Recipient

Testimonial from Scholarship Recipient

“I discovered my love for travel and pushing myself out of my comfort zone as I learned new things. Once I had left and broadened my perspective of the world, I was hungry to see, experience and learn everything there was out there.”
-Analisa Delgado | GLA IDEA Scholarship Recipient 2023

Scholarship FAQ

Q: Is this scholarship open to residents of all countries?  

A: Yes, this scholarship is open to any student who meets all of the eligibility requirements. These include:

  • Demonstrated financial need (an annual household income of less than $100,000.00 USD)
  • Completion of all components of the application (including the 1,000+ word essay)
  • Confirmed eligibility to participate in a Global Leadership Adventures program

The goal of our scholarship is to provide inclusion, diversity, equity and access to GLA programs this summer.

Of the two scholarships, one will be reserved for any student with demonstrated financial need, and the second reserved for a student who identifies as a person of color as well as demonstrating financial need.

Q: Will the scholarship cover any travel related expenses such as passport and/or visa?

A: Yes, if the student does not yet have a passport, GLA will cover the costs to acquire a passport and/or visa, if required for the citizenship of the student and the country they are traveling to.

Q: How will I get to the program?

A: Scholarship recipients will be able to book a flight from their home destination to the program destination via our flight booking partner StudentUniverse, and GLA will cover the costs of this flight.

Q: Which programs are open for the scholarship recipients:

A: Award winners can select from 10, 12 and 14-day program options in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic or Guatemala. We ask applicants to select their top three choices. Final program selection may be limited based on actual program and session date availability at the time of selection.

Q: Do I have to use my scholarship toward a Summer 2024 GLA travel program?

A: Yes, you must apply your scholarship award, should you be selected, toward tuition and airfare for a Summer 2024 GLA travel program. This scholarship award has no cash value and cannot be transferred.

Q: Will essays shorter than 1,000 words be considered?

A: No. You must write a short essay to be considered for the IDEA scholarship, and it must be a minimum of 1,000 words long.

Q: What is the application deadline for the IDEA Scholarship?

A: Eligible students must apply by no later than Friday, February 2, 2024.

Q: When will Scholarship Finalists be informed?

A: Finalists will be informed if they are among the final candidates being considered for the IDEA Scholarship by no later than Wednesday, February 23, 2024.

Q: When will the winners of the IDEA Scholarship be announced?

A: The two winning scholarship recipients will be selected and informed in early March.

Additional questions on scholarships or financial aid? Please call the Global Leadership Adventures Admissions team during office hours at 858-771-0645.